…As Buhari meets Osinbajo, Almakura at home
By Shola Agbaje, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari will be working from his official residence as he resumes duties, a Presidential source has revealed.
President Buhari wrote to the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his return to office after returning from medical vacation in London in line with the constitution few minutes past 11am on Monday.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement. In a letter dated August 21, 2017, Adesina said President Buhari told the Senate as well as the House of Representatives, that he was resuming office.
The letter stated in part: “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom.”
Speaking to the State House Correspondents shorty after President Buhari signed the letter, Adesina confirmed, saying: “Yes, some few minutes past 11, the President signed the letter notifying the National Assembly of his resumption. A copy has been sent to the Senate President and a cope has been sent to the Speaker, House of Representatives, so the President has resumed.”
On what his resumption will do to Nigerians, the presidential spokesman said, “it means the president they voted into office, who has been serving them and who was indisposed for some time and who came back on Saturday, is ready to continue with the work he has been doing.”
On Nigerians reaction to the President’s broadcast that his message was not explicit enough, Adesina said, “that broadcast was just one step of many steps that are going to be taken in the days and weeks and months ahead. So, you can’t expect that everything will be said in one day.”
President Buhari, who returned to the country on Saturday, August 19, 2017, had left for London on May 7, 2017, while handling the reins of government to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who functioned as the Acting President.
Although President Buhari is expected to hit the ground running after the official notice to the National Assembly, a reliable source from the Aso Villa said the president will be working from home pending the time the ongoing renovation of his office at the villa is completed.
The president has however been holding meetings at his residence as Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State visited him at his residence.
Also the president met the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, at his residence at about 3pm on Monday where the latter briefed him on the state of the nation.
Buhari is also expected to meet the service chiefs tomorrow, Tuesday, on security situation in the country.